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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:6917
AUTHOR:Robert Charles Winthrop (1809–1894)
QUOTATION:  Our Country,—whether bounded by the St. John’s and the Sabine, or however otherwise bounded 1  or described, and be the measurements more or less,—still our Country, to be cherished in all our hearts, to be defended by all our hands.
ATTRIBUTION:Toast at Faneuil Hall on the Fourth of July, 1845.
 
Note 1.
Toast offered by Stephen Decatur (1779–1820) at a public dinner at Norfolk, Va., April, 1816: Our country! in her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.

  The same idea, called forth by the Mexican War, was expressed by John J. Crittenden of Kentucky: I hope to find my country in the right: however, I will stand by her, right or wrong. [back]
 

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